Press Release-Telecom
January 7, 2011
 

Appeal for Opinions on Organizational Framework for V-Low Multimedia Broadcasting, and Survey of Prospective Entrants

 

 The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) is moving ahead with studies of organizational maintenance aimed at the implementation of new broadcasting (hereinafter, “portable device-oriented multimedia broadcasting”) to make use of frequencies that will become available with the complete digitalization of terrestrial television broadcasting, and in particular the implementation of broadcasting utilizing frequencies between 90MHz and 108MHz (hereinafter, “V-Low multimedia broadcasting”).
 Accordingly, from January 7 (Fri) to February 1 (Tue), 2010, an appeal will be held for opinions on broadcasting that should be implemented with V-Low multimedia broadcasting, and at the same time there will be a survey of prospective entrants.


1. About the appeal for opinions

(1) Background
 On August 28, 2009, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) officially announced “Basic Policy concerning System Equipment to Achieve Multimedia Broadcasting for Portable Devices,” covering the authorization of commissioned broadcasting businesses, licenses for radio stations involved with portable device-oriented multimedia broadcasting, etc.
 In turn, from February to July, 2010, a “Research Society for the Future of Radio and Regional News Media” was opened to consider from various angles a vision of the future of regional news media including radio stations, at which there was also a proposal concerning the image of V-Low multimedia broadcasting.
 While referring to this Research Society's proposal, etc., the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is studying organizational maintenance to enable the provision of a diverse range of appealing contents compatible with recipients' needs by various businesses that show creative originality when taking part in planning V-Low multimedia broadcasting, and accordingly there will now be an appeal (see enclosed documents) held for opinions on items that should be broadcast using this system, etc.


(2) Subject of appeal for opinions
“Public Appeal for Opinions on Organizational Framework for V-Low Multimedia Broadcasting” (see enclosed documents)
*Please note that this document will be published in the “Reports and documents” section of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) website and in the “Public comment” area of e-Gov, the coordinated electronic government contact website.


(3) Period of appeal for opinions
January 7 (Fri) to February 1 (Tue), 2011 (must arrive no later than 17:00 on this date)


(4) How to submit opinions
See enclosed documents.

2. About the survey of prospective entrants

(1) Positioning of the survey of prospective entrants
 This survey will take the form of a basic survey to become a reference for the consideration of organizational maintenance for the implementation of V-Low multimedia broadcasting; it will be a persistently discrete survey, and response to this survey will not restrict any propriety or contents of actual applications. In addition, entrance will not necessary be guaranteed simply by means of response to this survey.
 As for actual applications, there will be a separate appeal for opinions and the necessary organizational maintenance will be carried out before applications are accepted and subsequently examined in accordance with laws and ordinances.


(2) Target persons
 Persons who hope to conduct commissioned domestic broadcasting relating to V-Low multimedia broadcasting, and persons who hope to conduct commissioned domestic broadcasting.


(3) Period of implementation
January 7 (Fri) to February 1 (Tue), 2011 (must arrive no later than 17:00 on this date)


(4) Survey items
See enclosed documents.


(5) How to submit
See enclosed documents.


Related reports and announcements

Publication of the Basic Policy concerning System Equipment to Achieve Multimedia Broadcasting for Portable Devices and Outline Survey of Prospective Entrants (August 28, 2009)


“Research Society for the Future of Radio and Regional News Media” Report Published (July 9, 2010)




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